[20151226] Yoo Yeon Seok’s Interview with M Magazine

What will happen if a successful and playboy sport agent meet a career woman who’s hesitant to entertain his advance during their journey to Busan? You will get the answer once Yoo Yeon Seok and Moon Chae Won’s new movie <The Mood That Day> premieres on 14 January 2016.

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In the interview for M Magazine, Yoo Yeon Seok explains more about Jae Hyun – his character in <The Mood That Day> – and his interpretation of the character. Jae Hyun, he said, is pretty much at the other side of his breakthrough character “Chilbong” from <Reply 1994, TvN>. Other than talking about Jae Hyun, he also gives more tidbits on his musical which is surprisingly tied with his traveling hobby.

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When he first met Director Jo, Yoo Yeon Seok was told that a man like him doesn’t have the vibe of a playboy but if he plays such role, women will certainly love him. He laughs and considers it as a compliment. That’s why he wants to bring out the many sides of Jae Hyun that he doesn’t have.

Later on, Yoo Yeon Seok first pointed out that Jae Hyun is a person who’s very open to women when he was asked about the difference between his and Jae Hyun’s personality. Being that very open to women is  exactly the thing that he could not do. He believes that women dislikes guys who’s so easy to ask them out. That’s why he tries to be closer to his castmate (Moon Chae Won) to avoid awkward atmosphere because such scenes are required in the movie.

Then how Yoo Yeon Seok studied for Jae Hyun’s character? He responded while laughing that he did his best. He said that he studied through friends about what women likes or their favorite things. He also contacted friend who is known to be not very shy with women. He also studied from a character called Ari Gold played by Jeremy Piven in an HBO drama called <Entourage>.

In shooting romantic comedy (movie), the relationship between him and Moon Chae Won is important. He was asked how’s the two off the camera. Yoo Yeon Seok spills out that both of them loves eating and had a restaurant tour together during the shooting. They ate 한우삼합 in Jangheung, Jeolla Province and eel shabu shabu in Yeosu.

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The discussion swings to the musical that Yoo Yeon Seok currently headlines, <The Man Who Walks Through Walls>. He reveals that in his early 20s, he travelled to the UK and was captivated by two famous musicals called <Fame> and <Phantom of the Opera>. Both musicals left strong impression on him. He even saved money intended for food to re-watch the musicals. So when the musical offer finally came, he agreed to do it.

So how’s his feeling when he finally performed on a musical stage for the first time? Yoo Yeon Seok admits that he was so nervous he totally forgot his own feeling (that day). He suffered from a sickness called ‘rhinitis’ that caused nasal voice due to runny nose but he is thankful that it didn’t affect his overall performance.

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What 2015 means to Yoo Yeon Seok?

He started off 2015 in the midst of shooting <The Mood that Day>. The shooting started in November 2014 and ran for 3 months. He didn’t stop (shooting) since. He filmed <Beauty Inside> which was opened on 20 August 2015 in the Czech Republic and later a drama <Warm and Cozy>. He exited the drama set only to join the filming of <Heohwa> which will open in 2016. Soon after, he is already busy for musical. Looking back, there was almost no break in between. While looking at his manager who sit on the set, he utters his wish to refrain himself from having a shooting marathon.

In October this year, Yoo Yeon Seok ventures into business with the opening of LUA lounge bar in Itaewon. He shrugs its importance by saying that it is not a big business. He jokingly said that LUA is kind of a hideout for him. But truth to be told, he envisioned LUA as a meeting place where he can invites people who work with him for a discussion. He personally designed the interior and is happy to hear that people like it. Yoo Yeon Seok himself enjoys making things, from cosmetics to furniture. But these days, he is into design interior. He is going through blogs on design interior or reading book to get the hang of it.

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The interview also takes Yoo Yeon Seok to go down the memory lane. Looking back to his 20s, he felt that there was some anxiety if he did not do anything. He also travelled extensively during those period. Not to mention his early career where indie movies became his channel to put a footprint as an actor. One of his early and memorable indie movies is <Re-encounter> which was released in 2011. Now, in his early 30s, he realizes that a pause is also needed in life.

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So what’s next for Yoo Yeon Seok?

The answer is <Heohwa> in which plays Kim Hyun Woo, a composer who is stuck in between two women played by Han Hyo Joo and Chun Woo Hee. He spills out that audience can expect passionate love triangle in the movie.

Special Note: 

To know all Yoo Yeon Seok’s project in 2015, YeoNiverse specially made a special feature “2015 Wrap Up -: Yoo Yeon Seok Screen and Stage Appearances“. So make sure you check it out to get the hang of YeonSeok’s style of living in a fast lane.

Original article from M Magazine HERE

Translation brought to you by Yeoniverse ~ Yoo Yeon Seok IFC



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